5 Things I Missed While Nerding Out About ‘Elseworlds’ All Week

Today’s topics: ICE and Border Patrol are still evil, Trump’s trying to deport Vietnamese grannies, Trump gets owned by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Trump is a petty child, and Jared Kushner, just for a change of topic.

I spent the majority of my week watching Elseworlds and squeeing over the fan service and the reveal of an upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, so I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to the news.

A Quick Roundup of News & Thoughts

Here’s a handful of news items and fun stuff to check out.

It’s super cold right now and I am freezing my entire ass off. The whole thing. Right off. Blame any typos on the fact that I can’t actually feel my fingers.

Anyway, a few things.

There’s a new book coming out that details ways to get a president out of office called How to Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives, by David Priess. Lawfare has a review of the book. It sounds interesting, especially if you have any interest in history.

There’s a massive dog food recall happening right now due to the affected food having toxic levels of vitamin D in them. You can read the quick version at Lifehacker or the complete version at on the FDA website.

Go check your dog food. I’ll wait.

Also, the symptoms of vitamin D poisoning in dogs include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. Vitamin D poisoning can kill your dog, so get ’em to the vet if you notice these symptoms.

Apparently there’s no mail delivery tomorrow, in honor of Bush I’s funeral? Is that normal? It’s been awhile since a president passed away. I don’t remember if we did that for… Reagan? He was the last president to pass, right? Anyway, no mail tomorrow. Also, the stock exchange is closed.

You should be aware that the GOP straight up stole two elections (Georgia and North Carolina) and are working to take power away from Democrats who won the governorship in two different states (Michigan and Wisconsin) right now. Republicans are bad for democracy, pass it on.

While I’m busy passing news along, I’ll just remind you that two months ago the New York Times published a blockbuster report about how the Trump family, including Donald, committed, just, like, all of the tax fraud.

To wrap things up, here’s an extremely fluffy puppy who thinks he’s trapped.

5TtRT: George H.W. Bush, YouTube, Tumblr & Other News

Today’s topics include the death of George H.W. Bush, along with YouTube’s terrible recommendation algorithms, Tumblr kicking all the porn off their site (which basically means Tumblr’s dying), police violence, an interactive from CNN outlining the timeline of the Trump Tower/Moscow thing, and a huge, international Netflix stand-up series coming on New Year’s Day.

George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, died November 30, at the age of 94.

I don’t remember Bush I particularly well. I was pretty young when he was president, so I wasn’t paying a lot of attention. He got us into the Gulf War, though, and a lot of kids I knew at the time had their dads sent off to war for that.

The thing I remember most was that at the time, if you had satellite TV, you could find raw feeds from various news agencies on different channels, showing footage from the Gulf. It was basically b-roll that news agencies were streaming back to their stations to be chopped up, edited, and played later on in the background while anchors did their thing.

A friend of mine had those stations playing pretty much 24-7 in her house. She was watching it in case her dad popped up on screen.

Bush I lied about Iraqis killing babies in hospitals to keep America ginned up and in favor of his war effort.

Bush I also arranged for a black high school kid to be lead into selling crack in front of the White House, so that kid could be arrested and Bush could go on TV to tell the nation that the drug epidemic was so bad, people were selling crack in front of the White House. He used this propaganda to kick off his War on Drugs, which has gone on to destroy the lives of, fuck, I don’t even know how many people.

He also helped shepherd the ADA into law, which I mention because this is the real world and almost no one is entirely bad.

He also insisted he wouldn’t raise taxes, and when he realized his tax policy was ballooning the deficit, went ahead and raised taxes anyway. This arguably lost him re-election because Clinton took him to school over it in the elections, but hey, it was fiscally responsible. It might have been the last time you’ll see a fiscally responsible Republican.

5 Things to Read Today

Photo: President George Bush on the Texans sideline. Houston Texans Vs. New York Giants Reliant Stadium. Houston, Tx. Oct. 10, 2010, by AJ Guel. (Source and licensing.)

Movie: All the President’s Men

“The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand.” – Deep Throat, “All the President’s Men” (Movie)

Bob Woodward: The story is dry. All we’ve got are pieces. We can’t seem to figure out what the puzzle is supposed to look like. John Mitchell resigns as the head of CREEP, and says that he wants to spend more time with his family. I mean, it sounds like bullshit, we don’t exactly believe that…

Deep Throat: No, heh, but it’s touching. Forget the myths the media’s created about the White House. The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand.


You can watch All the President’s Men at Google Play or Amazon (affiliate link, I need more stuff to read), and it’s worth the few bucks to rent or buy it – great movie, and unfortunately topical these days. You can also read the book (affiliate link). It’s a bit dry, but a good read.

5TtRT: Sinclair, a podcast, Portland burgers, Ammon Bundy, & fascism

Today we’re talking about Sinclair Media, a great podcast about Oregon’s white supremacist history, the Portland burger joint that some food critic supposedly killed, Ammon Bundy’s mind-boggling opinion on the caravan at the border, and a book about fascism.

Okay, got kind of a busy day/week ahead, and a lot of time sucked out of it already that involve things that do not actually equate to me completing my work, so this’ll have to be fast. Here we go.

5 Things to Read Today

Okay, that’s it. Go read good stuff!

5TtRT: Camp Fire, climate change, romaine lettuce, tear gassing immigrants & the weekend’s political news

Today’s topics include the containment of the gigantic Camp Fire in California, the big climate change report the the Trump admin tried to hide from you, romaine lettuce still being bad, how we tear gassed immigrants on the border this weekend, and the political BS you missed over the holidays.

Is there anything worse than the Monday after a long weekend? We spent our weekend being lazy and stuffing our faces with leftovers while watching the second season of MST3K on Netflix, and this did not prepare me for a Monday, y’all.

5 Things to Read Today

🌀 The Atlantic: The Three Most Chilling Conclusions From the Climate Report
The Trump administration issued their climate change report, dumping it out on Black Friday when no one would be paying attention. They didn’t want you to pay attention to it because the report basically says, “Hey, if we don’t start doing something about all this right now, we can all kiss our asses goodbye.”

🇲🇽 NPR: U.S. Agents Spray Tear Gas At Migrants, Briefly Close Tijuana Border Entry
There about 5,000 migrants now camped on the southern border near Tijuana. Sunday morning, Border Patrol closed the busiest port of entry, the San Ysidro port, to car and foot traffic for awhile. For reference, that port has around 90,000 people a day passing through.

The migrants, many of whom are trying to seek refugee status – legally, mind you – were irate and headed towards the border. Things escalated. There were Mexican police in riot gear, Border Patrol, and rock-throwing, and a group of migrants tried to sneak under the fence at the border. So Border Patrol started firing tear gas into the crowd.

The crowd which was at least partly made up of mothers and young children. They fired across the border into a sovereign nation.

So that happened. And it kind of sounds like this isn’t the first time it’s happened? Like, is tear gassing attempted refugees a regular thing? I don’t know, and I’m not finding any information about it.

At any rate, we tear gas women and children at the border, now. That’s a thing America does.

But don’t worry – Fox News says it’s fine. One of their Sunday commentators said, of tear gas, “It’s natural. You could actually put it on your nachos and eat it.”

I mean, you can eat sriracha sauce, too, but I wouldn’t recommend putting it in a child’s eyes.

🔥 Earther: Camp Fire Now Completely Contained, With 85 Confirmed Dead and Hundreds Still Missing
The fire isn’t out yet, but they’ve established a firm fire line around it, so it’s not expanding anymore. So far, the fire has burned “13,696 single residences, 276 multiple residences, 528 commercial properties, and 4,293 other structures had been destroyed, with 153,336 acres burned.”

🥗 Vox: It’s still not safe to eat romaine lettuce
You still can’t eat any romaine lettuce, although the CDC is getting closer to nailing down the issue. Maybe it’s safe if you spray tear gas on the romaine?

📰 NPR: The Political News Didn’t Stop Over Thanksgiving. Here’s What You Missed
To wrap things up, here’s a quick round-up of what happened over the holiday weekend. Highlights include Chief Justice John Roberts chewing out Trump, Trump going to bat for Saudi Arabia, who definitely murdered the hell out of a US resident journalist, House subpoenas for former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and more.

Linkdump: So many things I’ve been saving up…

Lots to do and not much time to do it in, so I’ve cleaned out my linkdump folder and located a pile of good reading to check out.

I have three days to do a week’s worth of work and I already used up one of those days, so this’ll have to be quick.

🚀 First up, a new Oatmeal comic: On November 26th, a Mole Will Land on Mars. This is super neat and I just found out about it.

📚 Here’s a brand new free short story from John Scalzi: Automated Customer Service.

🍔 From Thrillist, “I Found the Best Burger Place in America. And Then I Killed It.,” the story of how a restaurant review killed an awesome burger place in Portland, Oregon.

📰 NiemanLab has an article on how journalists are being trained to detect “deepfakes,” or fake videos.

🤬 So, nationwide, cops are marking rape cases solved without actually arresting the perpetrator. Like, the rapist walks free, and the cops mark the case solved. Read it and get your rage on.

🚓 The New York Times has a longread about how cops failed to see the threat of white nationalism and now aren’t prepared to deal with it: “U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It.

💩 Bad news, guys. A significant percentage of the conversations you’re having online about current events are BS driven by bot accounts and bad actors. Read it in Wired.

⚠️ The Southern Poverty Law Center says “The Alt-Right is Killing People.” And yes. Yes they are.

🚨 Speaking of the “alt-right” and all that fascist, nazi bullshit, here’s a great article from Robert Evans at Bellingcat about how people get sucked into extremism.

📓 An oldie-but-goodie: Here’s an article in Strange Horizons, from 2005, about the Lovecraft influence in Stephen King’s writing.

To wrap things up, the Arrowverse crossover is coming up Dec. 9, and we’re up to four 30-second teaser trailers. Here they are:

Holy crap, I cannot wait for a full trailer to drop. These crossovers are the highlight of my TV year.